January is the nativity of order in my house and an end to the surfeit of decorations celebrating the birth of Christ. Time to pop the whimsical bubble of comfort and joy, get back to reality, and my preferred form of daily toil. Traditionally Christmas lasts from Eve to Epiphany on January sixth. Which I […]


At approximately 5:50 am a cup of hot coffee is slammed down on my nightstand, I go through this rapid dream withdrawal, as my mind tunnel surfs to present time. Sometimes my dreams feel so real I have to sort though current memories to see if maybe the weekend came early (nope), if I’m dining at the […]

Find us it did! Good news for the entire clan, you may have heard our collective sigh of relief, when we found out our mom does not have an incurable disease, but conversely is on the mend. There were ghoulish rumors, moments of despair, and lots of internal prodding, but all evidence seems to point […]


My husband is a solutionist by nature, but he’s shy, and doesn’t like to talk about it. If you are not familiar with the skill, please read on, because it could come up at a cocktail party, and you’ll thank me later. This all came barreling to the surface when we were recovering at the […]


A blog is like a snapchat in time, it appears, and within a short cycle is forgotten. It mimics the rhythm of our emotional life, the food one consumes, and the headlines. Unless Larry has said or done something memorable, I have no idea what I will be blogging about, until I open the page, and start writing. […]


Landing in Australia is rough, high winds blowing in from the east, heavy turbulence, and a wet runway. I bless myself when the plane teeters to a stop on the coarse landing strip, we are late, and of course our gate is now occupied. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would say the universe is conspiring against […]

Sometimes you just go for it, because if you let fear determine your ability to live fully, you’re screwed. “We must risk delight, we must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.” (A quote by Jack Gilbert from Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic)  So when the opportunity came up to take a […]


I remember being awoken from a sound sleep, on the eighth floor of the Hyatt hotel, on January 17th, at about 4:30 in the morning. Someone was shaking the shit out of me, it was 1994, the morning of the devastating Northridge earthquake. Larry, my husband, was sleeping in the other room with two of our children, Julie and […]


Today I woke up feeling naive, like a recent graduate, who grabs her diploma, and walks unprepared into the big ugly world. It’s overwhelming, everyone wants something, and now it’s my responsibility to decide what to do. I am unable to delineate the good from the bad, so I get seduced by things that are bold, and […]